John Liebhardt

Announcing the iHRIS Foundation
We are happy to announce the iHRIS Foundation , a new structure to manage the continuing growth of iHRIS while ensuring that community needs are met. iHRIS has grown since its launch by IntraHealth International in 2006. iHRIS is presently installed in 24 countries with a handful of projects moving through the planning stages. Today, the iHRIS Community currently has nearly 300 active members on its Google Group and Slack Channels. Implementing...
Virtual Course: Learning, Engaging and Interacting with mHero
West Africa’s Ebola outbreak reminds us that frontline health workers are a vital component of every health system, and structures must be put in place to continuously support them and their important work. The outbreak highlighted a critical need to establish a more robust communications and data collection system between health workers and their supervisors as they address priority health needs. Equipping health workers with the right kind of...
Tanzania’s Health IT Community Is Growing—and Getting Stronger
Ally Shaban doesn’t remember the exact moment he became extremely proud of his work. He just knows that his job developing applications is slowly building new opportunities for his country, Tanzania. “I help implement new technologies in Africa so one day I can proudly say to my children, ‘We are the ones who built these tools that made things run smoothly’,” he says. “I can be very proud of that.” The UN would argue Ally deserves to be proud...
iHRIS Community begins using Slack
The Global iHRIS Community will begin using the cloud-based collaboration tool Slack to augment its community communications. You can access Slack on your phone, from a web-browser as well as directly on your computer. The Global iHRIS Google Group will remain the principal communication tool allowing community members to share news, pose questions and receive feedback. “Sometimes email is too cumbersome when there needs to be a lot of back and...
More countries sign on to iHRIS: Global Community Still Growing and Adapting
Four new countries have recently adopted iHRIS and four more are in the planning stage to use the open-source health information system. Presently, 23 countries utilize iHRIS to track and manage more than one million health workers. That is up from 18 countries in 2013. The countries entering the planning stages to adopt iHRIS include: Bhutan Dominican Republic Ethiopia The Gambia The possibility that 27 countries could utilize iHRIS illustrates...
iHRIS Manage Implementation Progress in Rwanda
Forward momentum of iHRIS Manage implementation has continued in Rwanda. Rwanda’s in-country HRIS Specialist, Solange Tuyisenge, was excited to report that all districts now have online access to iHRIS Manage. She noted that this development has not come without challenges, as the ICT infrastructure is not sufficient in many district hospitals. Some of these hospitals have irregular internet connectivity, which is problematic for routine system...
A Projected Shortage of 800,000 Heath Workers
Last week, Health Affairs published an article that projected a shortage of 818,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives in 31 sub-Saharan African countries by the year 2015. To come up with this figure, the authors examined both the estimated health worker demand (1.163 million) and compared it with the estimated supply (371,000). When looking at these numbers, it immediately becomes clear why this article is garnering attention in the HRH...
Health Worker Migration and HRIS
The migration of health workers continues to be a hot topic in the healthcare world. The WHO’s 2006 World Health Report cited a global shortage of 4.3 million health workers. This shortage is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, which has 25% of the global burden of disease but only 3% of the world’s health workforce. The departure of health workers from their country of training often presents a significant cost to that country. The primary...
iHRIS Manage Software Rolls Out to Districts in Rwanda
In Rwanda, iHRIS Manage implementation has continued to make progress. Since May 2009, Capacity Staff have held meetings with users and MOH partners to refine expectations for the system. In response to user requests, new reports have been developed for regular use by decision-makers, and further reports are under development. The MOH has ordered several servers for the system, including one that will be dedicated as a back-up server for the...
DDDM at the GHC: Using Better Data, Making Better Decisions
In addition to showcasing the HRIS strengthening process and work, our auxiliary event, “Health Workforce: Using Better Data, Making Better Decisions” offered great opportunity to receive feedback from the global health community. I was ideally situated at the back of the room covering the data-driven decision-making (DDDM) table. While talking to a colleague from Tanzania I noted you can walk through the strengthening process as you stroll the...